Tag Archive | Privacy and Security

Five Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Informationweek

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:

By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM

… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …

For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.


Congressional Hearing: “Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation”

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Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
House Commerce Committee

Date: September 15, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m – 1:00 pm


Location: Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

Webinar on Geospatial Privacy

Geospatial Privacy: Why You Should Know About it and How it Can be Handled

  • English Webinar: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • French Webinar: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar Overview
The GeoConnections Program invites you to learn about and discuss emerging issues in geospatial privacy and how these issues can be handled. GeoConnections has conducted a number of studies and supported the development of guidelines related to geospatial privacy. This webinar session will introduce Geospatial Privacy Awareness and Risk Management – Guide for Federal Agencies, a March 2010 guideline that was created to be widely applicable to not only the federal public sector but other levels of government, the private sector, the academic sector, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. In addition, you will learn about other recent GeoConnections work on this topic, including:

  • International Comparative Analysis of Geospatial Information Privacy, March 2010 – an overview of how other leading nations in the implementation of spatial data infrastructure are dealing with geospatial privacy issues
  • Research Related to Privacy and the Use of Geospatial Information, November 2009 – the results of public opinion research in Canada related to the implications of geospatial privacy
  • A Manager’s Guide to Public Health Geomatics , February 2010 – overview of privacy issues in public health geomatics
  • Anonymizing Geospatial Data, 2010 – introduction to web-based tools for anonymizing geospatial data (i.e., preventing the identification of individuals)
  • Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Operational Policies Needs Analysis – Privacy, March 2011 – results of the recent analysis of the need for operational policy instruments in this area

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will also speak about their work related to geospatial privacy…. If you would like to participate, please click here to register for this webinar. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Stephens by e-mail at kims [at] hickling [dot] ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 205.

9/11’s Effect on Tech on NPR’s Marketplace

by Steve Henn, Marketplace Website, September 8, 2011

Kai Ryssdal: Our coverage of the economic legacy of September 11th takes a turn to technology today, and the law of unintended consequences. Not long after the attacks, the federal government began investing heavily in new technologies that Washington said would make us safer as individuals and more secure as a nation. One of those technologies was facial recognition research. Back then, it sounded futuristic or something out of James Bond. And then Facebook happened.

Marketplace’s Steve Henn reports. For full text of the article or to listen to the story, click here.

Online privacy: Beware the cookie monster | The Economist

by G.F., The Economist, August 22, 2011

…Last October Babbage described the evercookie, a practical experiment by a programmer to demonstrate how persistent tracking codes might be embedded in a browser to follow users around, even when they made every effort to delete such tracking elements. The evercookie, designed by Samy Kamkar, used a grab bag of techniques to tuck away a unique identifier in non-obvious spots in a browser’s cache, and packaged them together into a single chunk of programming code. To get rid of the evercookie, a user would have to delete the tag from every nook it was hiding in. Leaving even a single one would lead to the tag being multiplied and restored, or respawned, in the browser’s cookie jar. …

via Online privacy: Beware the cookie monster | The Economist.

Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices – NYTimes.com

By Tanzina Vega, NYT, August 14, 2011

For many Internet users, online privacy policies are long and difficult to read. Transfer those same policies to a mobile device, where users can find themselves clicking through multiple screens often with tiny type, and the policies can become almost useless to the average consumer.Yet those same policies govern how much user data is collected through mobile applications and how that data is shared with advertisers and other third parties. And with growing concern over data collection, including proposed legislation to more closely protect consumers, one company is trying to make privacy policies that are both easy for consumers to read and easy for mobile application developers to create. …

For full text of the article, visit Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices – NYTimes.com.

Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection

by Christina Hultsch, Technology Law Source, July 25, 2011

Any US company that receives data about individuals living in the European Union must be familiar with the basic principles of consent and data protection within the EU to avoid costly mistakes that are easily made in obtaining consent, should the validity of such consent be challenged by the EU data protection agencies. While certain exemptions may apply that allow receipt of data into the US without consent, companies need to analyze their receipt of such data in light of the new consent opinion discussed below. … Contrary to law in the US, in the EU, obtaining the consent of the individual (the “data subject”) has always played a key role in the European Union’s data protection efforts. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, issued an opinion in July, 2011 addressing the consent principles currently in place as well as providing insight into a possible and likely expansion of consent requirements

For full text of the article visit Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection : Technology Law Source.

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